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You see in the English language, when we make a statement it usually has the structure Subject Verb Object, or SVO for short. I realize you probably don't have a lot of experience using the English language and I respect your desire to learn more. However, the sentence you have proposed is grammatically identical to saying, "Seeing is John." John is the subject of the sentence as is "a complete list of tags." Thus this is what is initially written. Next you made the mistake of putting the auxiliary AFTER the gerund verb. You see in English this construction equates to saying "the tags are in a state of following," as apposed to "the tags in a state of following are." The latter is not a prescriptive, colloquial, nor even dialectal construction. It is what is referred to as "talking like Yoda." Yoda is a character from the popular cinematic science-fiction franchise known collectively as 'Star Wars.' In the 'Star Wars' movies, Yoda is a wise, old extraterrestrial. His abnormal manner of speech makes him seem more 'alien.' In fact, by using Gerund-Auxiliary-Subject sentence constructions in the English language, you will in fact sound even more alien than Yoda, because even he knew that the subject goes at the beginning of the sentence.

So, what you're trying to say is, "a complete list of tags is following" or more idiomatically, "a complete list of tags follows." This is because the present progressive verb tense is unnecessary, seeing as the list is not only following at the present, but rather always follows.

Since you were going for brevity, I would go with, "here's all your tags," or even just, "here's your tags," I you think the person, to whom you are speaking, trust you enough not to gyp them out of some of the tags and keep them for yourself.

Good luck with your studies, and I hope that you get to visit America sometime and put everything that you learn to practice.